Nothing says ‘British summer’ quite like eton mess. Crunchy meringue, whipped cream and strawberry sauce is a winning combination, especially when enjoyed al fresco after a barbecue in the garden. You can make the whole dessert from scratch, or opt for shop-bought meringues to save time.
If you fancy putting a twist on the classic, we’ve experimented to find the best alternative treats that are still easy to make, including eton mess cheesecake and ice cream.
Check out our video for how to make eton mess, then try some of our favourite ideas below.
1. Eton mess
You can’t go wrong with a classic eton mess. Make as individual cups or one large bowl that everyone can dig into. If you’re short on time, you can make this using shop-bought meringues. This is a great way to treat family and friends after a summer barbecue.
2. Vegan eton mess
For those following a plant-based diet, we’ve got you covered with our vegan eton mess recipe. We’ve swapped the egg whites for aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) to make the meringue. Or, you could buy a vegan meringue if you like. We’ve also swapped the cream for coconut yogurt.
3. Eton mess cheesecake
If you’re after a summer dessert to impress, try this decadent combination of eton mess and cheesecake, filled with creamy mascarpone and topped with mini meringues and strawberries. We’ve also drizzled the finished product with strawberry and balsamic purée for a bright flavour twist.
4. Easy eton mess ice cream
Made with vanilla custard, meringue and fresh strawberries, this cool and refreshing eton mess ice cream is a great end to any meal. Serve in bowls or ice cream cones, and top with leftover meringues and strawberry syrup.
5. Chocolate & cherry eton mess
For an indulgent, grown-up version of this summery dessert, try our boozy chocolate & cherry eton mess. Made with layers of meringue, mousse, vanilla cream and lashings of chocolate sauce, it’s a great dinner party pud.
6. Banana-tahini eton mess
This banana-tahini eton mess is so easy to make using shop-bought meringue nests and salted caramel. All you need to do is assemble the dessert, making it a perfect no-cook summer pud.
7. Eton mess cake
Combine a springy vanilla sponge with a light and airy meringue and fresh strawberries for a different take on the classic dessert. This eton mess cake would be great for a party.
8. Coffee-walnut eton mess
If you love coffee and walnut cake, you’ll enjoy this coffee-walnut eton mess. Made with shop-bought cake and meringues, it’s easy to assemble and puts a grown-up twist on two much-loved sweet treats.
9. Raspberry, pomegranate & rose eton mess
For a fancier take on the classic that is sure to impress your guests, try our raspberry, pomegranate & rose eton mess. We’ve sprinkled pomegranate seeds and dried rose petals on top for a final flourish.
10. Eton mess freakshake
This is a fun one for the kids. Make our eton mess freakshake, which takes a strawberry milkshake to the next level. We’ve topped this one with white chocolate, cereal with mini marshmallows, and crushed pink meringues, but get creative and decorate it however you like.